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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 05-14-11, 04:10 PM   #1
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Got my bike.....now I'm suffering some back pain.

I've been suffering back pain the last few days. I'm not sure if it's a pinched nerve,or kidney problems that hender me from time to time. Anyway,I got ICY HOT and swallowed a couple of Tyenol to ease the pain. How many of you all pedal through pain? Since I'm trying to get back into it,I decided to wait to see if what the pain actually is. Hopefully,I'll just have to drink more water than I normally do. I did take my bike for a very short spin to make everything works right,it does.

Another question,how far did you all start out riding when you got back into into it? How far do I need to start out to get any benefits? Thanks
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Don't know about your pain. But when I started out I only was riding about 5 miles a day for about a week or 2. Then I went to 10 miles a day, and brought that up. I did it kind of slow, and have since done my first metric century this year.

You will get benefits from almost any ride that makes you sweat.
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Another question,how far did you all start out riding when you got back into into it? How far do I need to start out to get any benefits? Thanks
Start with what you can comfortably do and set that as a goal. Don't set a goal that is unrealistic given your current situation, that is counter-productive.

You can read through the guides at the CDC, they will give you an idea of what is required to achieve the benefits of exercise. Make sure you rad the section on Measuring Physical Activity Intensity.
http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/...nes/index.html

If you have continuing issues with pain while riding have a look through this guide, you might find a few things of interest.
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/pain.html
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Don't think about miles. Think about how long you are on the bike. I tend to bike too long (more than an hour) and then I am getting neck and shoulder pain which keeps me up at night. I needed to cut back the time I was on the bike and take a lot of breaks when riding. I am on a trip right now and being away from biking a few days is probably good. Don't push too hard. She says, partly to herself.
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First, any ride will provide benefits. The only question is what kind of benefit and how great. Even a short, short ride can improve your mood immeasurably, and begin to adapt your body to a more active lifestyle, until you're able to go far enough to make a difference in fitness. And you'll reach that point soon.

As far as back pain goes, I have occasional lower back issues, and early in the season it can manifest itself in some discomfort by the time I get 7-10 miles into a ride. As I progress through the season, that point happens later and later in the ride. Most recently (last Sunday) it popped up about mile 23. It never approaches real pain - more of a sense of pressure with a little bit of muscle fatigue thrown in. And it tends to happen more often when I'm really pushing myself. Leisurely rides rarely cause it to happen. I've yet to find an effective exercise that keeps it completely at bay.
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I've been suffering back pain the last few days. I'm not sure if it's a pinched nerve,or kidney problems that hender me from time to time. Anyway,I got ICY HOT and swallowed a couple of Tyenol to ease the pain. How many of you all pedal through pain? Since I'm trying to get back into it,I decided to wait to see if what the pain actually is. Hopefully,I'll just have to drink more water than I normally do. I did take my bike for a very short spin to make everything works right,it does.

Another question,how far did you all start out riding when you got back into into it? How far do I need to start out to get any benefits? Thanks
Does your bike have drop handlebars?

If so then you may no longer be flexible enough to bend enough to ride bent over.
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I've been suffering back pain the last few days. I'm not sure if it's a pinched nerve,or kidney problems that hender me from time to time. Anyway,I got ICY HOT and swallowed a couple of Tyenol to ease the pain. How many of you all pedal through pain? Since I'm trying to get back into it,I decided to wait to see if what the pain actually is. Hopefully,I'll just have to drink more water than I normally do. I did take my bike for a very short spin to make everything works right,it does.

Another question,how far did you all start out riding when you got back into into it? How far do I need to start out to get any benefits? Thanks
Have you had the bike fitted?
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1) improper fit

2) lack of flexibility

3) lack of strength in the middle bits.

4) all of the above

Odds are, all of the above.
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1) improper fit

2) lack of flexibility

3) lack of strength in the middle bits.

4) all of the above

Odds are, all of the above.
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I was riding my cruiser bike and bought my new bike with drop bars. The first few times I rode it, I got some back pain just because I wasn't used to bending over that much, but it went away after a few days. That was pretty much pain while I was riding, not so much afterward.

I guess when I first started riding, it was 6-8 miles at a time- so 30 minutes or an hour at whatever pace I felt like.
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I haven't even started yet. The bike is a mountain bike,straight bars and was fitted for me.I'm going to get checked out when my wife comes home. It may be more serious than just back pain.
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I haven't even started yet. The bike is a mountain bike,straight bars and was fitted for me.I'm going to get checked out when my wife comes home. It may be more serious than just back pain.
Could be. Check your back pain out lest you harm yourself riding this new bike.
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I'm afraid it might be kidney stones. I hurt even to walk. It could be other things,but I'm going to the hospital here in a while to get it checked.
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When I started biking last year after an almost 30 year layoff I had some pains that I later attributed to being too tense and having a death grip on the handlebars. I had neck and shoulder pain. I keep myself mindful to be relaxed and all seems to be well even if I ride several hours. If you have handlebars that allow try and change positions every so often.
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I've been suffering back pain the last few days. I'm not sure if it's a pinched nerve,or kidney problems that hender me from time to time. Anyway,I got ICY HOT and swallowed a couple of Tyenol to ease the pain. How many of you all pedal through pain? Since I'm trying to get back into it,I decided to wait to see if what the pain actually is. Hopefully,I'll just have to drink more water than I normally do. I did take my bike for a very short spin to make everything works right,it does.

Another question,how far did you all start out riding when you got back into into it? How far do I need to start out to get any benefits? Thanks
Chances are it is supposed to hurt

Seriously; I like going distance and starting again after the winter break (where I stayed active with back country snowboarding) it hurts like the Dickens for a while before the body remembers what's what. Having said that, I know what is a common ache (I have a sharp pinched pain on my upper back that has been there since the first Bush administration) and what feels like something that ain't right. If you are not sure, you need to stop and figure out before it gets worse.

Best advice I can give you is, rest as hard as you train. Nobody got any faster, nor stronger while riding a bike. As a matter of fact when you are done you are worse off than when you started, to the point where even your immune system is compromised. You get stronger/faster by eating enough and resting. The body needs time to rebuild itself after a ride.

Also, learn to embrace the suck. It is not meant to get easier, you are meant to get stronger. The millage is irrelevant, what counts is how hard you can drive yourself. You may not be able to do a hundred miles right now, but you can learn to push yourself as hard as those who can, and there lies greatness.
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